Former Alpena Regional Medical Center CEO dies unexpectedly

ALPENA, MI – The former CEO of the Alpena Regional Medical Center, John McVeety, 72-years-old, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017.

Most would be hard pressed to think of one person who had a greater and more positive impact on Alpena and northeast Michigan than John McVeety did in the past 30 years. John spent 30-years of his career working to bring the best health care possible to the area.

The admiration and respect for John can be felt throughout the community. McVeety began his work at the hospital in 1978. He oversaw the largest expansion ever of what had been Alpena General Hospital. Under his stewardship, Alpena General Hospital came to be known as Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC). John oversaw numerous renovations and building expansions at the medical center. ARMC grew to be a premier healthcare facility that the area was extremely proud of. He surrounded himself with medical and professional staff that saw him as a person with a clear vision of what he wanted and expected from them.

John served on the board for the Alpena Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Michigan Hospital Association. He was named Chairman of the Board for the Michigan Hospital Association in 1996. He also served on the board for Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Michigan. He worked tirelessly to change healthcare policies and practices across the state. In 2001, John McVeety was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Alpena Chamber of Commerce.

When John announced his impending retirement in 2007, a loud, collective gasp could be heard throughout the community. Though he retired from the Medical Center, John was still very involved as an advocate for health care services in Alpena and across the state.

John’s knowledge, dedication and true positive influence will surely be missed.


John A. McVeety, 72, of Alpena passed away suddenly November 2, 2017. Born on February 24, 1945, in Eldora, Iowa, the middle child and eldest son of Eldon and Nina (Pritchard) McVeety. Beloved husband and loving soul mate of 32 years to Katharine Mae Kuchinski. Loving father to Benjamin (Suanne Hawkins) McVeety, Meredith (Nick) Vogel, Janel (Chris) Branson, and Sarah Morris. Proud Grandpa to Jack, Jayne, Gage, Melah, Maximus, Britney and Sydney. Brother to Mavis McVeety and James (Deborah Green) McVeety.

John was the CEO of Alpena Regional Medical facility for nearly three decades. A forty-year resident of Alpena, he was passionate about serving the community and dedicated his career to providing the highest quality health care and medical staff to the town which he so dearly loved.

In 1978, Alpena General Hospital was looking for a new leader who was willing to face the challenges of new management, improve labor relations, and oversee a major hospital expansion. What they found was a person who would lead the hospital for the next 29 years and grow the organization into one of the premier healthcare facilities in northern Michigan. While CEO, John oversaw construction projects that tripled the size of the hospital and brought numerous new services to the region.

During his tenure at ARMC, John was active on the local, state and national scene. Serving on the Alpena Chamber of Commerce Board, the Michigan Hospital Association board (named Chairman in 1996) and the Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Michigan board, he changed healthcare policies and practices across the state. In 2001, John was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Alpena Chamber of Commerce.

As passionate as John was about serving his community, it paled in comparison for his love of his wife, children, friends and the rolling seas of the Great Lakes. John earned a legendary reputation as a fierce competitor in the Port Huron/Chicago to Mackinac Regattas. He fostered his love of sailing by mentoring numerous young people in the Alpena area and abroad. John was a force in everything that he did and had a drive unparalleled to overcome the obstacles that life threw at him. “No” was never a word that John subscribed to, neither age nor tragedy wavered his warrior spirit.

Above all else he was a kind and gentle man who loved life. His honesty, ethics and ability to see the good in people were pillars he lived by. He will be sadly missed by his family friends. Keep on sailing right into heaven Johnny. We love you so much.

The family will gather at the APlex on Sunday November 12 from 5 p.m. until the memorial service at 7 p.m. Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alpena Youth Sailing, 102 S. Third Avenue, Alpena, Michigan 49707

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